Into the New Year

Andrew Biggs

I hope that you had an enjoyable an peaceful Christmas and New Year period.

Once again we stand at the threshold of a new year and wonder what it will hold for us. Such times are often moments for reflection, and many of us make New Year resolutions - although I must admit that I’m not good at keeping to them! For some of us the new year will bring happy events - and we may look forward to welcoming new family members, celebrating special birthdays or anniversaries, and the achievement of special goals or aspirations. For others the new year will bring more difficult situations or perhaps times of uncertainty. At such times we value the support of friends and family including our church family.

Looking out towards the wider world we see a time of continuing uncertainty. The political situation is volatile, particularly with Brexit and Donald Trump filling the headlines on an almost daily basis, and this might fill us with a certain amount of unease. Whatever the New Year brings we can rest assured that the babe in the manger, who became the man upon the cross, will be there alongside us in the ups and downs, the joys and the sorrows of life. Jesus came to take his place as the sovereign ruler of all creation to whom all powers earthly and heavenly will ultimately submit. This means that whatever the uncertainties of the world that we may face, we can find our security in Him by placing our trust in Him.

Perhaps then our focus in the new year might be to discover more about Jesus and how he is working in our lives and in the world, especially in and through his church. There will be opportunities to deepen discipleship through ongoing Emmaus groups, House groups and Study groups including a Lent study group beginning on 21st February where we will develop the theme of Holy Habits that we began to look at at the AGM earlier in the year. We will also mark the beginning of Lent with an Ash Wednesday service of Holy Communion on 14th February.

I look forward to continuing our journey of discipleship together in 2018 - and wish you a very Happy New Year.


Religion never was designed to make our pleasures less. Isaac Watts